These vibrant Classic Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze make summer entertaining so much more enjoyable! However, when it comes to appetizers, sometimes keeping things simple and straightforward is the best option.
These cute tiny Caprese skewers are light and refreshing, and they’re ideal for entertaining. It’s a classy take on Caprese salad that’ll get you lots of compliments. Despite the simple recipe, these great skewers brighten up any table and add an incredible depth of color.
What is the difference between bruschetta and Caprese?
Bruschetta is a traditional Italian dish consisting of small toasted bread pieces topped with a tomato and basil combination. On the other hand, Caprese is a salad made of sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella slices, and basil leaves.
What makes something a Caprese?
Fresh tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper make a Caprese salad. The salad is believed to have been created to represent the Italian flag, with red, green, and white elements layered on the plate in that order.
What compliments Caprese salad?
Here are some of the best side dishes to have with Caprese salad.
- Avocado Toast
- Fried Zucchini
- Mashed Potatoes
- Fried Rice
- Roasted Potatoes
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Chips and Salsa
What are the ingredients to make classic Caprese skewers with balsamic glaze?
With 15 minutes prep time and 10 minutes cook time, here are the ingredients that you’re going to need, which is good for 4 servings:
- Red cherry or grape tomatoes – Both cherry and grape tomatoes will work well in this dish. Cherry tomatoes, on the other hand, have a juicier tomato bite and a perfect round form.
- Yellow cherry or grape tomatoes – To add color and sweetness to the dish.
- Basil leaves – To add color and freshness to each bite.
- Ciliegine (mini-Mozzarella balls) – Look for ciliegine mozzarella balls since you want the mozzarella balls to be around the same size as the tomatoes. Buy the marinated ones for a little more taste!
- Balsamic vinegar – It adds a wonderful tang to the skewers.
- High-quality extra-virgin olive oil – For an extra hit of flavor.
How to make classic Caprese skewers with balsamic glaze?
Now that you have gathered all of your ingredients, it is time to make this recipe. Follow the instructions below.
Keep in mind that on contact with the heated balsamic sauce, the cheese will begin to melt. Therefore, avoid spilling the glaze over the cheese while drizzling it onto the skewers if at all possible. You will also need 16 6″ wooden skewers.
Let’s start by using a wooden skewer, thread a red tomato. Next, fold one basil leaf in half and thread it onto the dark side facing out on the skewer. Finally, add one mini-Mozzarella ball, another folded basil leaf, and one yellow cherry or grape tomato in that sequence.
Then repeat Step 1 with the remaining tomatoes, basil, and Mozzarella until all 16 skewers are complete. Set aside after arranging on a serving dish.
Next is in a small sauté pan over medium-high heat, add balsamic vinegar to make the glaze. Cook, stirring regularly, for 8-10 minutes, or until the vinegar has been reduced to roughly 1/3 of its original volume.
Lastly, remove the glaze from the heat and set it aside to cool for a few minutes. Drizzle the glaze, as well as some extra virgin olive oil over the skewers if preferred. Serve right away. Enjoy!
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- 16 red cherry or grape tomatoes
- 16 yellow cherry or grape tomatoes
- 32 medium fresh basil leaves, washed and patted dry
- 16 Ciliegine (mini-Mozzarella balls)
- 1 c. balsamic vinegar
- 2 T. high-quality extra-virgin olive oil to drizzle
- Thread a red tomato onto a wooden skewer. Next, fold one basil leaf in half, dark side facing out, and add it to the skewer. Add one mini-Mozzarella ball, followed by another folded basil leaf, and one yellow cherry or grape tomato, in order.
- Repeat Step #1 with the remaining tomatoes, basil, and Mozzarella until you have 16 completed skewers. Arrange on a serving platter and set aside.
- To prepare the glaze, add balsamic vinegar to a small sauté pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently until the vinegar is reduced to about 1/3 of its original volume, approximately 8-10 minutes.
- Remove glaze from heat and cool for several minutes. Drizzle the glaze over the skewers, along with some extra virgin olive oil, if desired. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Tip: The warm balsamic glaze will start to melt the cheese on contact. If possible, avoid dripping the glaze onto the cheese while drizzling it onto the skewers.
Additional equipment: 16 6” wooden skewers
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g
These nutritional calculations might not be accurate. Please speak with a licensed nutritionist to assist you.